Acrylic: Shawn Gould: "Swainson's Hawk"

In the February 2007 issue of American Artist, we explored how layering and underpainting were two of California artist Shawn Gould's secrets to getting the most out of acrylic paint. Here, we offer a brief demonstration of his technique.


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Step 1
Gould first covered the initial graphite sketch with a color-glaze underpainting, which he executed loosely and quickly with a large brush to avoid picking up the graphite.
Step 2
The artist then blocked in the midtones in local colors, allowing the underpainting to show through as much as possible.
Step 3
Using smaller brushes, the artist added final touches of texture, color, and value.

Swainsonâ??s Hawk
2005, acrylic, 10 x 8. Collection the artist.

For more demonstrations, check out the February 2007 issue of American Artist.

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4 thoughts on “Acrylic: Shawn Gould: "Swainson's Hawk"

  1. In general, graphite can be diluted when applying watercolors or acrylic over it, even with caution.
    Would you like to comment on it.
    The paint is excellent, and I like the idea of doing the drawing first and then apply the underground color.